Billy Davis' Lengthy Trial Delay Explained

By: 13 News - Posted by Giang Nguyen
By: 13 News - Posted by Giang Nguyen

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Billy Frank Davis' murder trial has been delayed to October, and a 13 News examination of Shawnee County District Court documents may help explain the lengthy delay.

Davis is charged in the March, 2012 abduction, rape and murder of 8-year-old Ahliyah Irvin in a Topeka apartment.

At his preliminary hearing last June prosecutors said Davis took the little girl from her apartment to a nearby apartment and struck her when she wouldn't be quiet.
He then allegedly choked the girl, sexually assaulted her and stuffed her in a clothes dryer.

Davis told investigators he was an Iraq war vet suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor is seeking the death penalty for Davis and prosecution and defense will argue 29 motions, including no cameras, video cameras, tweeting or cell phone usage in the trial.

Key elements listed in the motions includes potential jurors opinion of the death penalty and pre-trial publicity.

Davis' attorney is asking for security inside and outside the courtroom and wants Davis to appear in civilian clothes with no restraints.

300 potential jurors will be questioned in two panels on September 23-24. The actual trial is set to last up to 4 weeks starting October 7.


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